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'I Quit Smoking For My Son'

Cecelia Elliott, a London secretary, realised her son might have to grow up without a mum if she didn't stop smoking. Here's how she successfully quit. "I've been smoking on and off since I was 16. My dad used to smoke and I thought I'd…

'My Life with Asperger Syndrome'

Michael Cooke, 22 when interviewed, has Asperger syndrome and lives at home with his parents and three brothers in Manchester. He works at an arts centre a few evenings a week and likes playing football. "I am a front-of-house assistant at Sale Waterside Arts Centre.…

10 Health Benefits of Stopping Smoking

Smoking is bad for your health, but exactly how will stopping make life better? Here are 10 ways your health will improve when you stop smoking. Stopping smoking lets you breathe more easily People breathe more easily and cough less when they give up smoking because their lung capacity…

10 Hearing Helpers

Whether you've just been diagnosed or you've been living with hearing loss for some time, these organisations, individuals and services can help make life easier for you. 1. Hearing therapists Hearing therapists are trained to help people adapt to living with their hearing loss or…

10 myths about flu and the flu vaccine

There are many myths surrounding flu and the flu vaccine. Here are 10 common flu myths and the truth behind them. The flu vaccine is available on the NHS for adults and children who are considered "at risk". This page covers: Flu is just like having a heavy cold The…

10 Stress Busters

If you're stressed, whether by your job or by something more personal, the first step to feeling better is to identify the cause. The most unhelpful thing you can do is turn to something unhealthy to help you cope, such as smoking or drinking. "In…

10 ways to get active with your kids

All children aged five or over should be physically active for at least one hour a day. Physical activity helps children: grow strong muscles and bones maintain a healthy weight discover the world around them build their confidence You can help by encouraging your child to…

10 Winter Illnesses

Some health problems, such as asthma, sore throat and cold sores, are triggered or worsened by cold weather. Here's how to deal with cold weather ailments. Colds You can help prevent colds by washing your hands regularly. This destroys bugs that you may have picked up…

30 Hours Childcare (EFE) Provider Information

Information for childcare providers on 30 hours childcare From September 2017 3-4 year old children from an eligible working household will be entitled to 30 hours childcare (to view eligibility criteria please click here or visit our FAQs). To deliver 30 hours childcare you must; be…

30 Hours' (EFE) Childcare Parent Information

Working parents of 3 and 4 year olds can apply NOW by clicking here  See below to find out when is best for you to apply. Unless you have received an email from HMRC when asked if you have been invited click no.  You will then…